An Extraordinary Cultural Journey to Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia

Overview

The images of Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia are striking: gold-leafed pagodas glinting in the tropical sun, limestone hills rising from shimmering rice paddies, women carrying goods to market by yoke basket, shy young monks in saffron robes. We bring you deep into Indochine’s bountiful world, exploring Luang Prabang, a UNESCO-listed Laotian town of exquisite Buddhist temples, where we’ll boat down the tranquil Mekong and visit hill tribe villages. In Vietnam, we head into Hanoi’s photogenic Old Quarter by bike rickshaw, cruise magical Halong Bay aboard our traditional junk (sailing ship), explore the tiny 17th century seaside port of Hoi An, with its lantern-lit lanes, and marvel at the palaces of the Nguyen emperors in Hue. Our grand finale is Angkor, Cambodia’s surreal “lost city” rising out of an enveloping forest, where one morning finds us watching a golden sunrise over the soaring stone towers of Angkor Wat.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
Luang Prabang, Laos

In beautiful Luang Prabang, a city suspended in time, we visit dazzling 15th century pagodas, take a boat ride to ancient Budddhist caves, and meet Hmong and Khamu hill tribe people in their villages. We also stroll the night market, with its extraordinary collection of hill tribe crafts.

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Days 5-11
Hanoi, Vietnam / Halong Bay / Hoi An / Hue / Saigon

Taking in Hanoi’s Old Quarter by bicycle rickshaw and on foot, we stop for a delicious lunch of cha ca, Hanoi’s famous fish and noodle dish, and visit the studio of a local artist. In Halong Bay, a mystical karst landscape encircled by a jade-green sea, we board our own traditional junk for a spectacular overnight cruise. In picturesque Hoi An, we stroll the riverside market, and in Hue, we see the royal legacy of the 19th century Nguyen emperors. Our last stop is bustling Saigon, with its French colonial architecture and fascinating museums.

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Days 12-16
Siem Reap / Temples of Angkor, Cambodia

Covered with intricate bas-reliefs and scattered across a tropical landscape, the temples of Angkor are a lasting monument to the glory of a bygone Khmer civilization. Exploring this vast World Heritage Site, we visit majestic, ornate temples and marvel at the detailed carving and colossal sculpted Buddha images. Depart Siem Reap on Day 16.

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Highlights

Highlights

Explore Luang Prabang’s lively markets and ethereal temples, meet hill tribe people in their villages
Discover Hanoi’s famous Old Quarter by bicycle rickshaw and on foot
Savor the beautiful karst landscapes of Halong Bay on an overnight cruise
Watch a golden sunrise over the soaring towers of Angkor Wat

Details

Length: 16 days
Cost From: $5795  
Arrive: Luang Prabang, Laos
Depart: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Lodging: 14 nights deluxe hotels, 1 night aboard private traditional junk
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 4 dinners (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Cultural explorations and walking tours